Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dick Lowry
Produced by Mort Engelberg
Written by Stuart Birnbaum
David Dashey
Based on characters created by
Hal Needham &
Robert L. Levy
Music by Larry Cansler
Cinematography James Pergola
Edited by David E. Blewitt
Byron "Buzz" Brandt
Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 12, 1983 (1983-08-12)
Running time
85 min.
Language English
Budget $9 million[1]
Box office $7 million[2]

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is a 1983 American action comedy film and a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), starring Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Mike Henry and Colleen Camp. The film also includes a cameo near the film's end by the original Bandit, Burt Reynolds.

With a budget of a television movie, which was around twice the budget used for the 1st part, many action and comedic scenes are rehashes of scenes from the previous two Smokey and the Bandit films.


Big Enos and Little Enos offer retiring Sheriff Buford T. Justice a wager, betting $250,000 against his badge on his ability to transport a large stuffed fish from Florida to Texas. Buford picks up the fish and starts driving with his son, Junior.

The Enoses set many traps, but Buford dodges them, so they try to hire the Bandit to stop him. Deciding that the original Bandit is too hard to manage, they hire the Snowman to act as the Bandit. The new Snowman/Bandit parks his truck so he can drive a black and gold 1983 Pontiac Trans Am.

The Bandit picks up Dusty, who quits her job at a used car dealership. The Bandit catches up with Buford and steals the fish. Buford pursues the Bandit, with another local officer who attempts to take charge of the situation. Both police cars are disabled in the chase.

Buford catches up after the Bandit and Dusty stop at a redneck bar to eat. The chase then creates mass chaos in a local town. The Bandit escapes when an 18-wheeler blocks the alleyway where the Bandit ran through on foot. While trying to get the truck out, Buford's car is towed, but he reverses the car and escapes. The tow truck operator chases him, with Junior spinning on the hook. Buford makes the truck flip over, sending Junior flying. Other cars crash into the pile-up.

Buford chases the Bandit in the Mississippi Fairgrounds. Buford's car is thrown up on two side wheels by an incline, but he continues the pursuit while driving on two wheels.

At night, the Bandit and Dusty stop at a hotel, where people are involved in sexual acts, some deviant. Buford sees the Bandit's Trans-Am parked there, and searches for the fish, which he finds. Buford thinks he found the Bandit in the sauna, but it turns out to be a muscular woman who bonds with him.

The next day, two of Buford's tires are blown by the "Enos Devil Darts". The Bandit retakes the fish. Buford pursues on the remaining two tires, first through a herd of cattle, then through parked boats, then through a field where the Eniuses set off explosions, one of which destroys all the exterior protection save the engine, seat, and lights, which Junior is holding above his head. The Bandit decides to surrender the fish to let Buford win. Just after getting the prize money, Buford finds the Bandit, but he is shown as the original Burt Reynolds bandit, who sweet talks him to letting him go and starting a new pursuit. Junior is left behind, dropping all the money.


Actor Role
Jackie Gleason Montague County Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Texas
Jerry Reed Cledus "Snowman" Snow/ Bandit
Paul Williams Little Enos Burdette
Pat McCormick Big Enos Burdette
Mike Henry Junior Justice-Sheriff's Son
Colleen Camp Dusty Trails
Faith Minton Tina
Burt Reynolds The Real Bandit (Bo "Bandit" Darville)
Ava Cadell Blonde
Curry Worsham Skip Town
Ray Bouchard Fannen County Purvis R. Beethoven of Florida
Cathy Cahill Mother Trucker
Sharon Anderson Police Woman
Alan Berger Hippie
Dee Dee Deering Mrs. Fernbush
Will Knickerbocker Hotel Clerk
Kim Kondziola Baby Enos Burdette
Veronica Gamba Girl at Picnic
Sandy Mielke Driving Instructor
Austin Kelly Road Painter
Dick Lowry Sand Dumper
Jackie Davis Blackman #1
Raymond Forchion Tar Worker
Nikki Fritz S & M Hooker
William L. Kingsley Announcer
Silvia Arana Latin Woman
Marilyn Gleason Lady Getting Ticket
Earl Houston Bullock Flagman
Mel Pape Police Officer
Connie Brighton Girl #1
Toni Moon Girl #2
Dave Cass Local Tough Guy
Leon Cheatom Guide
Jorge Gil Gas Station Attendant
Candace Collins French Maid
Charles P. Harris Hot Dog Vendor
Al De Luca Flower Vendor
Timothy Hawkins Man in Truck


The film was originally entitled Smokey IS the Bandit, and did not include Jerry Reed in the cast. Contemporary newspapers refer to original plans to feature Gleason as both "Smokey" and "Bandit",[3] and Reed's name does not appear in early promotional materials or newspaper accounts during the film's production. According to some accounts, Jackie Gleason was to play two roles: Sheriff Buford T. Justice and a different "Bandit". The original version was shot in October 1982. Reportedly test audiences reacted poorly, finding Gleason's two roles confusing, so the studio opted to do reshoots in April 1983.[4] The Bandit scenes were re-shot with Jerry Reed playing the role. Other accounts indicate that the title was more literal: that Gleason was to play only Sheriff Justice, but the character would also fill the role of "Bandit", by taking the Enos family's challenge (as Reynolds' character had done in the previous films).[5] In a teaser trailer for the film (billed as Smokey Is the Bandit), Gleason appears in character as Justice, explaining to the audience that to defeat the Bandit he would adopt the attributes of his prey, "becoming [my] own worst enemy". A publicity still of Gleason apparently shows him in costume as the Bandit.[6]


  • "Buford T. Justice" (main title song), performed by Ed Bruce
  • "The Legend of the Bandit", performed by Lee Greenwood
  • "Suzi Plastic", performed by Bill Summers
  • "The Bandit Express", performed by Lee Greenwood
  • "Ticket for the Wind", performed by John Stewart
  • "It Ain't the Gold", performed by John Stewart


Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 received negative reviews by critics, the film was generally regarded as the weakest of the three "Bandit" films, in terms of both storyline and revenue. It received an approval rating of 20% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.[7] Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a negative review stating "The already skimpy running time of Smokey and the Bandit, Part 3 is padded by an opening montage of earlier Smokey scenes, including shots of Burt Reynolds lounging in a zebra- print hammock. He is grinning, as well he might, because he has been able to sit out Part 3 altogether. What has he missed? An interminable car chase punctuated by dumb stunts and even dumber dialogue, plus the well-worth-missing sight of Paul Williams in a dress."[8] Despite the enormous financial success of the original film (grossing over $300 million on a budget of less than $5 million), coupled with respectable (though significantly lower) numbers generated by the sequel, the third installment was both a critical and box office flop, grossing only $7,000,000 against the film's $9,000,000 budget.


  1. ^ Spy (Nov 1988). The Unstoppables. New York, New York: Sussex Publishers, LLC. p. 92. ISSN 0890-1759. 
  2. ^ Box Office Information for Smokey and the Bandit Part 3. The Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2013
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  4. ^ ""Smokey" Is No Longer "The Bandit"". Variety. April 27, 1983. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Smokey Screen". Snopes. Retrieved July 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ ""'Smokey and the Bandit Part 3' by Dick Lowry, USA, 1983."". 
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